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Arles, Porte des Châtaignes

Artist:
Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)
Date:
1852
Medium:
Salted paper print from a paper negative
Dimensions:
Image: 22.1 x 32.1 cm (8 11/16 x 12 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.204
Not on view
Inscription: Signed in the negative, recto BR: "C.N. // Arles"
Andre Jammes; [Graphics International, Ltd.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, February 11, 1978

This image was part of the first installment of Le Midi de la France. Fortifications were built around the town of Arles in 1263 and were still in place around the entire perimiter of the city in 1815. Seventeen portes penetrated the fortification, giving access to the city. The Porte des Chataignes or Chataigniers, which was demolished around 1860, had stairs that led down to the water of the Rhone river. (Heilbrun 158-160) Other prints of this image are held at the George Eastman House and the National Gallery of Canada.
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